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Aims & Activities

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aims and activities

The Open University Centre for Technology Strategy (CTS) was established in 1988 within the Faculty of Technology as a meeting place where researchers and educators could collaborate beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries - bridging systems, design, development, engineering and business.

CTS's key foci are:


the management of technology, particularly R&D strategy, organisation innovation and learning, value-chain analysis and design management, in relation to information technology, renewable energy technology, biotechnology and consumer products.


the interactions between technology and the environment, including eco-design, energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, and risk and failures analysis, with major emphasis on the development of sustainable technologies.


with particular expertise in technology strategies and industrial networks, livelihoods and security, global environmental policies, the relationship between state, NGO and private institutions, and technologies in transition.



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